Florida State football recruiting: the 72 players signed by head coach Jimbo Fisher

Streeter Lecka

FSU is graduating players at a much higher rate than before, but there is dead weight on the roster that should soon be shed.

As national signing day approaches, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at all 72 recruits signed by Jimbo Fisher as head coach of the Florida State Seminoles.

My overall impression is that the retention rate has been quite high.

Perhaps too high.

Top programs have to churn the roster and do not let underachievers hang around for too long. They convince them to transfer out, graduate early, or take a medical disqualification (the player's tuition is footed by the school, but he does not count against the 85 limit).

Of course, as we've previously discussed, FSU's APR score was seriously damaged by the nonsense under the Bowden regime, and those bad years are just now coming off the rolling, multi-year calculation. That meant that FSU could not process out as many kids as it wanted in previous years. The APR has improved a lot because kids are going to class much more often now and the cheating scandal from 2007 is coming off the books. Kids are graduating at a much higher frequency.

By my count, there are roughly 10 players who could be processed without any negative impact to the on-field product. I would expect FSU to take more than 50 players between the 2013 and 2014 classes.

What happened to the 72 players signed under head coach Jimbo Fisher?
Name Pos Rating Status Note
The 2010 recruiting class
Lamarcus Joyner DB 5 stars On Track 3-year starter at safety. All-Conference
Christian Jones LB 5 stars On Track 3-year starter at linebacker
Jeff Luc LB 4 stars Transferred Battled injury, poor coaching, etc. and did not grasp defense. Transferred to Cincinnati
Kenny Shaw WR 4 stars On Track In receiver rotation for three years. Part-time starter.
Christian Green WR 4 stars On Track Redshirted as freshman, promising second season, non-factor as RS-Soph
Darious Cummings DE 4 stars Transferred Could not crack rotation, transferred to JUCO, signed with UF
Greg Dent WR 4 stars On Track In receiver rotation for three years. Part-time starter.
Telvin Smith LB 4 stars On Track Part-time starter 2011-12, in line to start 2013
Mike Harris DB 4 stars Complete Part-time starter 2010-2011, 6th round NFL Draft
De'Joshua Johnson WR 4 stars Did not qualify Misled coaches about his academics, failed to qualify, arrested multiple times after
Jarred Haggins WR 3 stars On Track In receiver rotation for three years. Part-time starter. Often injured.
Chad Abram DB 3 stars On Track Reserve defensive back moved to reserve fullback. May be starter at fullback in 2013.
Terrence Brooks DB 3 stars On Track Starter at safety 2012-2013
Holmes Onwukaife LB 3 stars Medical DQ Battled injury, couldn't crack rotation, medical DQ.
Damien Jacobs DT 3 stars Did not qualify Failed to qualify, went to JUCO, signed with UF.
Tank Sessions TE 3 stars Medical DQ Couldn't crack rotation, injured, medical DQ
Dan Foose OL 3 stars On Track Oft-injured lineman has not cracked rotation.
Debrale Smiley RB 3 stars Complete Reserve fullback from JUCO, played sparingly, didn't cause problems.
Cameron Erving DT 3 stars On Track Sleeper defensive tackle has blossomed into a very good player both at defensive tackle and now at offensive tackle.
Nigel Terrell LB 3 stars On Track Athletic linebacker from Birmingham, Terrell has not added much muscle and has not cracked the rotation.
Clint Trickett QB 3 stars On Track Backup quarterback has had mixed results when filling in for an injured E.J. Manuel. In the running to start in 2013.
Will Tye TE 3 stars On Track Bust. Tye never grasped the offense or fully dedicated himself the way one needs to do to succeed at Florida State.
Bjoern Werner DE 3 stars Early NFL Superstar. Werner was a quality sub in 2010, and started in 2011 and 2012, playing at an All-American level. Will be high NFL draft pick in April.
Anthony McCloud DT 3 stars Complete Starter of more than 30 games at nose guard. Has a shot to make an NFL roster.
The 2011 recruiting class
Karlos Williams DB 5 stars On Track Amazing athlete, struggled to grasp the defense at first, and is blocked by Lamarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks at safety. Played some linebacker later in the year and did well. The move could stick.
James Wilder Jr. RB 5 stars On Track Excellent athlete, Wilder has slowly grown into the running back role, and will be tasked with a heavy carry load in 2013. Has been arrested at least twice, not for malicious things, but criminal offenses nonetheless.
Timmy Jernigan DT 4 stars On Track Jernigan is a very good defensive tackle for Florida State. His sophomore slump consisted of merely maintaining his level from 2010, which is a win for the Seminoles.
Cornellius Carradine DE 4 stars Complete Excellent defensive end in 2011 and 2012, tore his knee in late November, should still be drafted in decent position all things considered.
Nick O'Leary TE 4 stars On Track Solid tight end could see his role in the offense increase with a change at quarterback and another year in the offense.
Kelvin Benjamin WR 4 stars On Track Super talented receiver battled work ethic and maturity issues, but after a redshirt year, got on the field in 2012. Had a productive, but inconsistent year. Still a work in progress.
Bobby Hart OL 4 stars On Track Very young offensive lineman battled work ethic and maturity issues. Started some in 2011 when he should have been redshirting due to a ridiculous amount of injuries. WIll be a 19-year old junior in 2013.
Jacob Fahrenkrug OL 4 stars Complete Started some in 2011, none in 2012. Reserve level offensive lineman who battled injuries.
Rashad Greene WR 4 stars On Track Florida State's best receiver as a freshman and sophomore. Greene should only see his role increase in 2013.
Nile Lawrence-Stample DT 4 stars On Track Wide-bodied defensive tackle should see more snaps in 2013. Redshirted in 2011, played some as a reserve in 2012.
Josue Matias OL 4 stars On Track Started the last 15 games at guard, should continue to do so for the next two seasons.
Derrick Mitchell DT 4 stars On Track Redshirted, then injured his back and will see his first game action in 2013.
Giorgio Newberry DE 4 stars On Track Development has been slow, but will see significant snaps in 2013.
Devonta Freeman RB 4 stars On Track Solid part-time starter at running back in both 2011 and 2012.
Nick Waisome DB 4 stars On Track Starter at field corner in 2012 when Greg Reid was dismissed from the program.
Tyler Hunter DB 3 stars On Track Starter at nickel corner in 2012.
Eric Beverly RB 3 stars Medical DQ Beverly battled injuries and was medically disqualified before the season.
Jordan Prestwood OL 3 stars Transferred Prestwood was a headcase who transferred before he even made it through a spring practice to be with his buddy Aaron Lynch at Notre Dame, then became homesick and left Notre Dame and is now enrolling at UCF.
Keelin Smith DB 3 stars On Track Reserve defensive back could see time in 2013. Redshirted in 2011.
Terrance Smith LB 3 stars On Track Smith will contend for a starting job in 2013. Red-shirted in 2011.
Jacob Coker QB 3 stars On Track Promising QB recruit redshirted in 2011 and will contend for starting job in 2013.
Sterling Lovelady OL 3 stars On Track Reserve offensive lineman who, like others, didn't redshirt in 2011 due to crazy offensive line injuries.
Trey Pettis OL 3 stars On Track Reserve offensive lineman, has battled some injuries. Many question whether he wants to play football, or if he continues to do so to please those close to him.
Ruben Carter OL 3 stars On Track Reserve offensive lineman. Redshirted in 2011.
Tre Jackson DT 3 stars On Track Jackson started the last 15 games and is in line to be a three-year starter. Good player.
Terry Bell DT 3 stars Did not qualify Sign-&-place. Was not expected to qualify.
Lamarcus Brutus DB 3 stars On Track Reserve defensive back. Redshirted in 2011.
Arrington Jenkins LB 3 stars Transferred Promising linebacker stole a dirt bike and transferred out to a JUCO.
Austin Barron OL 2 stars On Track Reserve offensive lineman who, like others, didn't redshirt in 2011 due to crazy offensive line injuries. Could start in 2014.
The 2012 recruiting class
Eddie Goldman DT 5 stars On Track The top defensive tackle in the country looks to have a promising career ahead of him.
Jameis Winston QB 5 stars On Track The top dual-threat QB in the country looks to have a promising career ahead of him. Redshirted in 2012. Could start in 2013. Also plays baseball.
Mario Edwards DE 5 stars On Track The top strong-side defensive end nationally came in a bit overweight, but worked his way into shape and played well down the stretch. Will start in 2013.
Ukeme Eligwe LB 4 stars On Track Very athletic linebacker. Redshirted in 2012 after a wrist injury.
Chris Casher DE 4 stars On Track Very promising defensive end redshirted after a knee injury. Will contend for a starting job in 2013.
Mario Pender RB 4 stars On Track Redshirted after multiple injuries in 2012, including a groin injury.
Ronald Darby DB 4 stars On Track ACC defensive freshman of the year will strongly contend for a starting cornerback job in 2013.
Christo Kourtzidis TE 4 stars On Track Promising tight end recruit should see much more playing time in 2013. Has added significant muscle.
P.J. Williams DB 4 stars On Track Versatile defensive back recruit should eventually turn into a starter.
Colin Blake DB 4 stars On Track Redshirted 2012 after injury.
Marvin Bracy WR 4 stars On Track Maybe the fastest man in college football. Redshirted in 2012 after a hamstring injury.
Reggie Northrup LB 4 stars On Track Very promising linebacker recruit will contend for a starting job. Excellent balance.
Justin Shanks DT 4 stars On Track Shanks redshirted and improved a lot during 2012, losing roughly 40 pounds.
Daniel Glauser OL 3 stars Complete Glauser was expected to have two years of eligibility, but the NCAA granted him just one after ruling that his time in Switzerland accounted for more than he first thought. Started two games and was a reserve.
Dalvon Stuckey DT 3 stars Did not qualify Stuckey was a sign-&-place. He was not expected to make it in to Florida State.
Menelik Watson OL 3 stars Early NFL Watson exceeded all expectations and was so good that he is now on his way to the NFL. Physical freak who came to Florida State with almost no football experience. JUCO.
Roberto Aguayo K 3 stars On Track Reserve kicker who will be the starter in 2013.
Sean Maguire QB 3 stars On Track Redshirted 2012
Cason Beatty P 2 stars On Track Beatty struggled for much of 2012 in his first year punting for the Noles. He'll need to be better in year two.
Ratings via Rivals.com

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